Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.59
Liaison Maria Ayala
Submission Date Dec. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Universidad San Francisco de Quito
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alexandra Velasco
Faculty/ Head sustainability project
Business School
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
4 Day Week

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:
USFQ has adopted a 4-day week for classes since First Semester in the Cumbay√° campus on 2017-2018 reducing the number of students that come to campus on Fridays by 50%, reducing traffic and GHG emissions from vehicles associated with commuting. This measure was introduced as a carbon footprint and traffic mitigation strategy. The implementation of this measure aims to improve community wellbeing, reduce traffic, reduce GHG emissions and the consumption of resources in other campus facilities (like energy, water and dining facilities). The objective is to optimize resources and service operations (such as cafeterias, some which only open 4 days a week as they cater mostly to students) during a condensed 4-day class week. This measure is reflected in our academic course offering. This is an innovative practice in the region, as it mitigates several sustainability impacts by linking academic organization with sustainability metrics and performance.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Air & Climate
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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